Nashville, TN (February 25, 2004)–Musician/producer Matt McPherson is in the unique position of writing, producing, and recording his music on his own terms, as he owns a record label and a recording studio. Now, McPherson also owns and regularly uses two Soundelux Elux 251 microphones.
“My wife and I are writers and performers who come from musical families,” described McPherson. “We wanted to make a living from making music. At first it didn’t look promising, so I took another approach. I decided to make it in the business world first.”
Starting with Mathews Archery and then McPherson Guitars, favored by many Nashville session musicians, the couple finally had the financial backing to make music the way they saw fit. McPherson continued, “I started collecting studio gear years ago with a focus on finding that ‘magical’ microphone for my wife Sherry. She has a bright, clear voice that must be handled correctly in the studio or you’ll end up with a strident and unnatural vocal sound.”
McPherson has vintage Neumann and AKG classic microphones as well as many of the newer reissued models. “My preferred approach has always been to find the right microphone for the job and record it flat rather than use processing,” explained McPherson. “I came upon the Soundelux Elux 251 by happenstance through Lynn Fuston. Lynn had all these great mics for his shootout CD including a prototype Soundelux Elux 251. It didn’t even have the polar pattern switch yet. Lynn said ‘you gotta try this out’ and I did. After casually putting the Elux 251 up with the rest of my collection and A/B-ing with my wife singing, I couldn’t believe it. Either I’ve lost my mind or we’ve found the best mic ever for her. There was something special going on here so I immediately bought the prototype ‘as is’ even though Brad Lunde of Transamerica Audio Group insisted I return it to have the switch put in. The Elux 251 is just more focused in the vocal range without being too bright or shrill.”
McPherson’s new label is called Autumn Records with both himself and his wife Sherry as the very first artists. The McPhersons split their studio work between his home studio in Wisconsin and his Sixteen Place Studios on Music Row in Nashville. “I’ve remodeled the whole facility in Nashville,” he continued, “with all hardwood floors, new grand piano, and a Pro Tools rig. This is in addition to my two Pro Tool rigs and two Radar units and my large mic collection. We sometimes do vocals and acoustic guitars here at home but we always track in Nashville. Matching vocal sound is easy. My wife’s recording chain is very simple–a Great River mic pre-amp and then straight into a TubeTech tube compressor and that’s it. The Elux 251 does the rest.”
The Elux 251 recreates the sonic quality of the Telefunken ELA M251, featuring a strong, powerful bottom, and airy, non-abrasive top. The mic fulfills the quest for high-frequency response that is not only present, but natural sounding, allowing vocals to sound dominant without being overbearing. The ELUX 251 uses a hand-built, hand-tuned and strictly tested German capsule with a 6mil Dupont Mylar film diaphragm and the same close tolerances and asymmetrical design as the CK 12 capsule. The head grille’s internal chamber resonance closely matches the Tele ELA M251E in equivalent volume and “mesh count” that affects high frequency response.
Soundelux Microphones are distributed by Transamerica Audio Group.
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